More to Love at Lover's Leap
Oh Lover's Leap, how I love you! Lover's Leap is a beautiful 4 mile loop hike located in Custer State Park in Custer, South Dakota. Custer State Park is chock full of many amazing hikes but Lover's Leap is for sure, one of my favorites! It's rated as a moderate intensity hike, which I would totally agree with although the 2nd half of the loop is much less strenuous. The view from the top makes any amount of work to get there, oh so worth it!
My crazy, little adventure family completed this hike on Mother's Day, a special day in my heart (duh, I'm a mom!). It's always such a blessing to me to have my babies and my husband to share my adventures with, but on a day that's all about Mama it's extra special! It did rain on us a bit when we were up at the top but it only added to the majesty of the surrounding landscape.
I love the quote that I put at the top of this post, it couldn't be a more perfect expression of how I felt on this hike, and in life in general. As a mom, I feel like this is one of my biggest challenges. Not so much the "roots" part, but the "wings". I feel this internal pushing and pulling, even on hikes like these. My littlest hates to be in the carrier anymore, she wants to "hike mama"! Lover's Leap has quite the drop off and some slick rocky areas, not necessarily the safest place for a 2 year old to stretch her wings. As I see her get brave and explore on her own I'm encouraged because she has my adventurous spirit and she's so curious about all that she sees. Then, in that same instant, I'm terrified because I desperately want to protect her from any sort of harm or fear that she might experience. How in the heck do those mama birds get up enough courage to know that when they boot that baby bird from the nest, it's gonna spread it's little wings and fly and not plummet to the ground? This constant desire to protect my children but not "shelter" them has cause me soo much anxiety! I should probably be on meds!
I have been praying daily in hope of letting go of my fears and helping my munchkins test those cute little wings. I want them to be productive members of society and even more than that, world changers! I know they will have a harder time becoming that if I keep those wings strapped down...even though most of the time I sit around wishing I could invent some kind of bubble wrap suit for daily wear... Why is being Mama so stinking hard!?!
I often look to missionary Mamas for inspiration, they are amazing examples of women who are putting God first and trusting their family completely to Him. Their faith and strength is so inspiring and I hope to emulate that as I continue to grow in my spiritual walk with my Savior.
It's a daily struggle, but each adventure I get to enjoy with my family helps us grow together and makes me realize I'm doing a pretty great job so far. My kiddos are wild and crazy but they are kind and sincere, and they care about others. They have so much excitement for new adventures and I haven't noticed my fears projected on them so that must mean they don't see it right? They are always searching for more to love outdoors, and that makes me one proud mama!
If any parents out there have some helpful tips or scriptures they turn to in those times of fear and worry I would love to hear them! Leave me a comment on this post or email me, I can't wait to hear from you!